My Independent Study investigates the relationship between dance and music by exploring the ways in which a choreographer can draw from musical structure to create choreography. Because of my musical background, I wanted to understand how a musician approaches the act of choreographing differently than a choreographer with little to no musical training. In addition to my written research, I choreographed two dance pieces that were heavily informed by my analysis and understanding of the musical score. In both pieces, I drew from concepts that have arisen from my research in choreomusical theory as well as the ideas and philosophies expressed by choreographers Doris Humphrey, George Balanchine, and Mark Morris. I hope to show that by creating dance that is so closely tied to musical structure, therefore creating a performance that is both visual and auditory, audiences will respond more strongly to the work as a whole.
Theatre and Dance
Baird, Emily L., ""Lemme Listen to This Real Quick": An Investigation of Choreographing from Musical Structure" (2016). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 7327.
Dance | Other Music
dance, choreography, music
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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